Argentina coach Lionel SCALONI: “In football, nothing is simple”

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Lionel Scaloni coaching Argentina.

Argentina coach Lionel SCALONI gave a press conference ahead of his team’s match against Iraq in Saudi Arabia.

Lionel SCALONI will be looking for his second victory in charge of the Argentina national team and will hope for a third a few days later against Brazil. However, the Argentina coach is cautious about the two matches. Speaking a press conference, here’s what he had to say:

“Today, in football, there’s nothing simple. Surely Iraq will be a complicated opponent but we will try to do things well. I thanked the players for being in the national team. I am very comfortable and thankful.

“We have to play and win tomorrow. It’s the best way to enjoy the next match. I don’t know if we will play the same 11 in the next match but tomorrow, it’ll be the one’s who I think are the best.”

As we reported on Wednesday, SCALONI confirmed the eleven which will start on Thursday:

“The team for tomorrow is confirmed: ROMERO, BUSTOS, PEZZELLA, FUNES MORI, ACUNA, PAREDES, MEZA, VAZQUEZ, DYBALA, MARTINEZ and DE PAUL.”

SCALONI was also asked about the match against Brazil:

“First, we have to play this match. It’s special. It’s the eternal rival but there is still time. I don’t want to get to that match with a bad taste in my mouth.”

In regards to the condition of some of the players:

“We don’t want players in bad conditions to come. We don’t want players that aren’t one hundred percent.”

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  1. This is an interesting selection. A few points that arise-
    I expect this shape to resemble a 4-1-4-1. Something that has been shown a little bit in the first two games so there would be some consistency there.
    -My guess is both vazquez and dybala will be tucked in behind the forward. If that’s true it would imply Vazquez+Dybala have better chemistry than Dybala+LoCelso. I will be watching to see if this is true.
    -Parades will be isolated in a deeper role with a huge responsibility. I hope he plays full game so I can see if he can cover that much area for 90 minutes or close to it.
    -With DePaul in the squad and presumably on the left, I expect him to move inside a lot from out wide onto his right foot. This probably will leave space for Acuna, who has experience as pure winger, to exploit forward as an advanced wingback.
    -Meza’s selection is always a perennial head scratcher, but given his inclination to lose the ball, I think Bustos deployment makes sense since he had a similar covering role in Columbia game and redeemed himself quite well against Cuadrado.
    -Pezella and FunesMori seems like an effort to build continuity here after their two previous starts.
    -I will watch Romero closely to see if his distribution and off line play is match ready.
    -Finally the big one. Martinez over Icardi. I think this adds more dynamism to the front given it was so static in the first two matches but we will see.

    In a few hours we will find out how wrong I am haha.

  2. I don’t like the midfield, defensively not solid enough in my opinion. Meza and Vazquez are both attacking midfielders, with a Meza very average technically and poor tactically, once he lost the ball and not enough people to cover.

  3. Scaloni said he is starting the best players against Iraq “IT’LL BE THE ONE’S WHO I THINK ARE THE BEST.” So he thinks acuna is playing better than tagliafico, Vasquez than loCelso, meza than Correa, Funes mori than otamendi and bustos to Saravia and Martinez than Icardi?!
    This is obviously not true and I’m sure scaloni knows this… this is a problem though because if he says this to media, he has said this to the players. A coach must always be honest with players not bullshyt them. This caused discontentment later with that particular player that thought he was doing so well when in fact, he wasn’t doing enough. This can cause that player to go into a mental and playing Slump.
    I question scaloni’s mental tactics on this subject.

  4. What is this thing with Argentina Clubs blocking players for friendly ?
    Never expecting this from a side which is the immortal symbol of Argentina football, like River Plate.

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